Coach likely to be stood down over COVID breach

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South Sydney Rabbitohs coach, Wayne Bennett, has breached COVID-19 rules and is likely to spend two weeks ‘on the sidelines’.

He dined at an Italian restaurant in Leichhardt on Wednesday with a woman believed to be his partner.

Bennett did not believe he was breaking any rules by doing so.

“I went for lunch yesterday at Grappa, I did. I didn’t think it was a breach … If I knew it was a breach I wouldn’t have done it. I went with my partner who I live with, had some lunch and that was it,” he told reporters after Rabbitohs training on Thursday. “I go shopping, I go different places to get meals at times, it was just me and my partner who I live together with, she was with me and I went somewhere to get something to eat at lunchtime.”

“The protocols are changing all the time. At times I have been out when I thought it was right. I still thought it was right yesterday.”

Bennett is set to coach on Friday night against his former side, Brisbane. If he is stood down, then assistant coach Jason Demetriou will take the reigns.

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